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Congress announces first hearing on peanut butter recall

Representative Henry Waxman, D-Cal. and Representative Bart Stupak, D-MI announced on Thursday that congress will hold the first public hearing on the salmonella outbreak that has been traced to Peanut Corporation of America’s peanut butter products. Last week we reported how Peanut Corp. found some of their peanut butter to be tainted with salmonella but sold and shipped the products anyway. After the products tested positive for salmonella in internal tests, the company had the products retested by external labs, who reported negative readings. The re-tests outraged some members of congress, who accused Peanut Corp. of shopping around for negative ... Read More

Peanut Corp. may face criminal charges over salmonella outbreak

We reported earlier that the Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia plant knowingly shipped out a dozen batches of peanut products that had tested positive for salmonella. As the federal government’s investigation continues, the likelihood that company mangers will face criminal charges appears to grow. Company records examined by the Food and Drug Administration indicate that the Peanut Corporation had the contaminated products retested by external labs after in-house lab tests found salmonella bacteria. The most recent re-test of contaminated peanut butter was ordered in September. Health officials began detecting signs of a salmonella outbreak in October. According to the ... Read More

Company knowingly sold contaminated peanut butter many times

Officials from the Food and Drug Administration discovered that the Peanut Corporation of America found salmonella bacteria while conducting internal tests several times in 2007 and 2008 but knowingly sold its products anyway. The contaminated peanut butter products were shipped 12 times in those two years, according to company documents examined by the FDA. According to records kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500 people in 43 states and Canada have become sick after eating products containing the Peanut Corporation of America’s contaminated peanut butter. The FDA blames the salmonella outbreak on eight deaths ... Read More

contaminated peanut butter sparks massive recall

According to the Food and Drug Administration, 485 people in 43 states and Canada have been sickened by an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, which has been traced to products containing contaminated peanut butter originating from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). Authorities also believe the contaminated peanut butter has lead to about 100 hospitalizations and may be responsible for six deaths. The FDA notified PCA on Monday that samples of peanut butter originating from the company’s facility in Blakely, Georgia, tested positive for the salmonella bacteria. The peanut butter was distributed under the King Nut brand name and sold wholesale ... Read More

Escalators and Crocs: a dangerous pairing

On July 15, three-year-old Caprice Robinson and her mother, Diaarra Griffin, were making their daily hour-long commute in Atlanta. Caprice grabbed her mother’s hand and the two stepped onto the escalator at the Kensington MARTA station – just another small part of the daily routine they had done so many times before. This time, however, Caprice began to scream in pain within second of stepping onto the escalator. The shoe on her right foot, an imitation of the Crocs shoes so many children wear, had become caught between the moving stairs and the side of the escalator and it was ... Read More

They pitch sales in their pajamas

At one moment, Jeanine Brown is selling Ronco knives. Five minutes later, she’s answering questions about the secrets of getting rich from real estate foreclosures. Brown is an agent for LiveOps, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif., with a national network of 16,000 operators who work from home answering the phone for TV infomercials. Brown, who lives in Houston, works in her pajamas and never knows what she’ll be selling until the script pops up on her computer screen. “You have to learn to be relaxed,” Brown said. LiveOps is on a hiring spree, ramping up to handle all ... Read More

Second Wind makes seniors’ dreams come true

Catherine accomplished many goals in her 99 years. She was an elder in the United Methodist Church where she taught and mentored countless young people. She had history of leadership, stemming from 1927, when she was one of the first four women to attend a certificate class at Emory University. But as Catherine moved into her sunset years at the Lutheran Towers facility in Georgia, she had one regret she just couldn’t shake. She always wanted to graduate from Emory. National nonprofit organization Second Wind Dreams got word of Catherine’s desire, dressed her in a cap and gown, and presented ... Read More

Former Georgia police officer wins gender discrimination suit

A former Columbus, Ga., police officer claims she didn’t file a discrimination lawsuit against the City of Columbus, the police chief and her former co-workers for the money. She did it because she wanted to stand up against race and gender discrimination in the workplace and show other women that they have the right to do so as well. Last week, Alicia Davenport, a former member of the Columbus Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Unit, was vindicated, her attorney told the Ledger-Enquirer. The jury found that Davenport, who left the force three years ago, was intentionally discriminated against because of ... Read More